By Marjorie Woodfin
Pilot staff writer
Scott and Sjana Nanni traded the desert for oceanfront and the big city for a small town, with plans to spread paint and property in Brookings-Harbor.
The Nannis left Las Vegas and moved to Brookings earlier this year. They bought a boardwalk shop at the Port of Brookings Harbor and Sjana quickly set up her art studio and her retail stock of art supplies. In short order, she was commissioned by two Brookings families to create large murals for their new homes.
Participants in the last two Second Saturday Art Walks have met Sjana and had the opportunity to view her work and watch her create at Brian Scott's newest Wood Specialties Gallery on Chetco Avenue.
She is quickly building a reputation among Curry County art lovers, in addition to her many fans in Las Vegas and Laguna Beach. Her paintings are hung in many of the large hotels, and she has a 300-foot wall mural in Laguna.
Sjana also does custom designed handmade mosaics in porcelain and glass. "If you need something special, just ask and I can think it up and make it," she said.
Scott, who was a real estate broker and appraiser in Las Vegas for more than 20 years, has also moved quickly to obtain his Oregon real estate license, set up his Brookings Coastal Properties office, and is busy working with clients in Brookings.
Their new Brookings home is almost ready for move-in. Sjana explained, "We've moved everything to Brookings and are busy trying to get our roots down." They do seem to have roots down already.
Sjana believes in using the best possible art supplies when creating beauty, whether in oils, watercolors, acrylics, charcoal, or glass. In an effort to help her fellow artists find the best possible materials, she has stocked a full supply of Sennelier fine oils from Paris, a student grade oil, Etude, finest watercolors in 80 hues, DaVinci acrylics, graphic pencils for charcoal artists, drafting supplies, the best brushes from Raphael and Isabey, plein aire French easels, many size canvasses including the large heavy duty ones that need no framing, plus "wonderful little tote bags and other accessories."
Sjana will also be teaching painting after the first of the year, perhaps a six-week workshop. "I teach alla prima, which is direct painting from life, and every aspect of composition," she said.
She then explained her philosophy of art, "My approach to art seeks to find the inner qualities of those I paint and the essence of the natural beauty of the creation and its wonders. The enjoyment I have with the thrill of living, I try to express in all of my works by a bright vibrant use of dynamic color to evoke an uplifting experience."
In addition to the large murals she is currently creating, Sjana is also doing a series of little harbor oils. Her work is currently on display at the Special Wood Gallery next door to the Curry Coastal Pilot, and in her gallery at the port. Her winter hours are 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. and she welcomes visitors.